Live Below the Line Update

Today I received a message from Live Below The Line and the IF campaign, which I supported a few weeks ago. Here is a summary of what they have achieved. Thanks to everyone who supported me with encouragement and money for Malaria No More, my chosen charity.

‘What a 10 days it has been in the fight against extreme poverty.

We began these crucial 10 days with one mission – to make significant progress for the 1 million people around the world who go to bed hungry every night and for the 2 million children who die every year from malnutrition.

We came together as one voice – 200 charities and thousands of campaigners to demand change for the world’s poor. We mobilised 45,000 in Hyde Park, 10,000 in Belfast, inspired 300,000 actions and secured millions of column inches to urge the leaders of the world’s richest countries to take action.

And they did.

  • $4.1bn in new money to tackle malnutrition: The Nutrition for Growth Summit squarely put the issue of nutrition back on the development agenda and delivered a whopping $4.1bn in additional funding.
  • Delivered tax transparency in tax havens: a multilateral agreement signed by all overseas territories and crown dependencies to agree to share tax info with the developing world. Driving down tax avoidance that is keeping poor people poor.

British Prime Minister and chair of the G8, David Cameron remarked “The IF Campaign has helped put tackling hunger and issues that drive it – like malnutrition, tax dodging and land grabs – at the centre of the G8 agenda”.

We’ve achieved something remarkable in the past 6 months as part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign. I want to thank you for your participation and support.

Live Below the Line was a crucial part of this success. Together we raised issues of extreme poverty in our homes, our workplaces and in the media and together we’ve raised nearly £1m for some brilliant causes.’

I’m really proud to have taken part in this cause, and look forward to hearing more about its effects on global policies in the future.